Brooke Mattapan Team 2023-2024

Ms. Abby Waldman

Principal

B.A., Brandeis University; M.Ed., University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Abby Waldman joined Brooke in 2008 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Waldman then taught fourth grade and served as an assistant principal. She became the principal of Brooke Mattapan in 2015. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Waldman taught third grade through Teach for America in Las Vegas.

Ms. Sheyla Negron-Kerfoot

Director of Operations

B.A., Suffolk University
Sheyla Negron-Kerfoot joined Brooke in 2019 as operations coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. She currently serves as a Director of Operations there. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Negron was program manager at a non-profit organization and worked as political manager and organizer for a pro-charter advocacy non-profit organization.

Dr. Melissa Oyer

Assistant Principal

B.A., Duke University; M.Ed. and Ph.D., Temple University
Melissa Oyer joined Brooke in 2017 as the School Psychologist at Brooke Mattapan. Dr. Oyer is currently the Assistant Principal for Student Support at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Dr. Oyer was the School Psychologist and Director of Individualized Student Services at the Charter High School for Architecture + Design in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Taylor Toll

Assistant Principal

B.A., Bucknell University; M.Ed., Harvard University
Taylor Toll joined Brooke in 2015 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke East Boston. She returned to Brooke to serve as a seventh grade ELA and SS teacher at Brooke Mattapan, and is now an Assistant Principal. Ms. Toll also taught 3rd and 5th grades at Brooke and 4th grade in Denver, Colorado.

Ms. Danya Wallace

Assistant Principal

B.A., Canterbury Christ Church University; M.A., Goldsmiths University of London; M.Sc., Touro College
Danya Wallace joined Brooke in 2016 as a third grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Mrs. Wallace also taught sixth grade ELA and social studies and served as an Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently an Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mrs. Wallace taught third grade for four years in the Bronx, New York and worked for many years as an educator in London, England, Botswana, and South Africa.

Ms. Theresa Walsh

Assistant Principal

B.A.,Syracuse University; M.A..,American University
Theresa Walsh joined Brooke in 2017 as a fifth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently serving as Lower Elementary Assistant Principal at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Walsh was principal of Democracy Prep Harlem Elementary School in New York City. She has taught in NYC and Washington, DC.

Mr. Drew Gallagher

Dean of Students Fourth-Eighth Grade

B.A., Bates Colleges; M.Ed., George Mason University
Drew Gallagher joined Brooke as a Third Grade Teacher in 2019. He is now the fourth-eighth grade dean. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Gallagher was a Dean of Culture at Pacific Rim Charter School.

Ms. Sarah Vernet

Dean of Students Kindergarten-Third Grade

B.S., Lasell College
Sarah Vernet joined Brooke in 2021 as a Dean of Students at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Vernet was a behavior specialist at Achievement First in New York City.

Ms. Kendra Uccello

School Psychologist

B.A., Boston University; M.A., Tufts University
Kendra Uccello joined Brooke in 2019 as a School Psychology Intern at Brooke Mattapan. She currently serves as a School Psychologist there. Before coming to Brooke, Kendra completed her practicum in Boston Public Schools and worked as a Research Technician in a child development lab at Boston University.

Ms. Lilli Dale

School Psychologist

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, M.A., University of Massachusetts Boston, Ed.S., University of Massachusetts Boston
Lilli Dale joined Brooke in 2023 as a School Psychologist at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Dale earned her master's and education specialist degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston. During her graduate training, Ms. Dale completed her practicum and internship in Boston Public Schools.

Ms. Stephanie Abellard

Network Lead School Nurse, BSN, RN, CPN; Brooke Mattapan School Nurse

B.A., Regis College
Stephanie Abellard joined Brooke in 2018 as the school nurse at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Abellard had over 5 years of direct patient care experience, including at Boston Children's Hospital and at Beth Israel Advanced Urgent Care. Ms. Abellard became a certified pediatric nurse in 2016.

Ms. Laura Crowe

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Union College; M.Ed. Boston University
Laura Crowe joined Brooke in 2019 as a Kindergarten Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Crowe worked at UP Academy Dorchester where she taught 1st Grade and English as a Second Language for the past 5 years. Ms. Crowe served with City Year Boston and Teach for America prior to and during her time at UP Dorchester.

Ms. Gabrielle Holme-Miller

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Kalamazoo College
Gabrielle Holme-Miller joined Brooke in 2017 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Holme-Miller is currently serving as a kindergarten teacher Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Elizabeth Mondragón

Kindergarten Teacher

M.A., Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education; B.A. Davidson College
Elizabeth Mondragón joined Brooke in 2021 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Mondragón taught first grade for 5 years at Match Community Day and second grade in Lawrence Public Schools.

Ms. Arianna Romero

Kindergarten Teacher

Ms. Arianna Romero joined Brooke in 2023 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Jacqueline Stephenson

Kindergarten Teacher

B.A., Georgetown University; M.Ed., John Hopkins University
Jackie Stephenson joined Brooke in 2023 as a Kindergarten Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Stephenson taught and coached teachers over the course of her nine years at Boston Prep. Prior to that, Ms. Stephenson taught and coached in Baltimore City Public Schools for four years.

Ms. Sophie Herzing

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Hofstra University
Sophie Herzing joined Brooke in 2021 as a 1st grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Herzing was a Lead Teacher for Success Academy Charter schools teaching kindergarten, 4th grade, and 3rd grade.

Ms. Darriana Howard

First Grade Teacher

B.S., Bucknell University; M.A.T., Relay Graduate School of Education
Darriana Howard joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a First Grade Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Howard taught kindergarten for one year and first grade for two years at Excellence Girls Charter School in Brooklyn, New York.

Ms. Grace Spratley

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Colorado College
Grace Spratley joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate K-2 Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is now a first grade teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Spratley was an undergraduate student at Colorado College where she studied French and Education, worked multiple on-campus positions, was a member of Delta Gamma Fraternity, and served as a mentor for the local organization Educating Children of Color.

Mr. Joe Tharp

First Grade Teacher

B.A., Northeastern University
Joe Tharp joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, he has taught kindergarten and first grade. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Tharp studied history and Education at Northeastern University, with minors in Spanish and international affairs.

Ms. Monique Meeks

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., Lesley University; M.Ed., Lesley University
Monique Meeks joined Brooke in 2016 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Ms. Meeks has been serving as a Second Grade Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Meeks was an Americorps fellow for the Dudley Promise Corps and was a second grade teacher at KIPP.

Ms. Amy Rezil

Second Grade Teacher

B.A. Stonehill College; M.S.W., Wheelock College
Amy Mejia joined Brooke in 2017 as a third grade Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, she has been a fourth grade teacher and is currently serving as a second grade teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Mejia worked as an Ongoing Social Worker for the Department of Children and Families and prior to that served as a Victim/Witness Advocate for Plymouth County’s District Attorney’s Office.

Mx. Char Skidmore

Second Grade Teacher

B.A., UMASS Boston; M.S., Wheelock College
Char Skidmore joined Brooke in 2010 as a kindergarten teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Since then, Mx. Skidmore has taught kindergarten, first, and second grade at Brooke. In 2014, Mx. Skidmore served as a founding teacher at UP Academy Holland School, teaching kindergarten through second grade scholars. Char rejoined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2018 as an instructional support teacher and is currently serving as a second grade teacher.

Ms. Christine Wolfenden

Second Grade Teacher

B.A, University of Connecticut; M.Ed., University of Missouri - St. Louis
Christine Wolfenden joined Brooke in July of 2020 as a second grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Wolfenden taught first and second grade in Boston and St. Louis.

Ms. Anna Cataldo-Holmes

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Trinity College
Anna Cataldo-Holmes joined Brooke in 2021, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is now a third grade teacher. 

Ms. Alison Quinn

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Saint Anselm College; M.A., Lasell University
Alison joined Brooke in 2022 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is now teaching third grade. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Quinn worked as a Building Aide at Brookline schools.

Ms. Kassandra Rivera

Third Grade Teacher

B.A., Northeastern University
Kassandra Rivera joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan, where she is currently teaching third grade. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Rivera worked as a preschool teacher in Cambridge, MA for more than seven years.

Ms. Moriah Mikhail

Second-Third Grade Science Teacher

B.A., Boston University
Moriah Mikhail joined Brooke in 2022, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently serving as a science teacher for grades two and three at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Mikhail served as a tutor in Boston Public Schools for three years.

Ms. Brittany Aubuchon

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., Emmanuel College
Brittany Aubuchon joined Brooke in 2023 as a lead teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Brittany was a middle school teacher for 5 years in Dorchester.

Ms. Kathleen Heaney

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo; M.A., Relay Graduate School of Education
Kathleen Heaney joined Brooke in 2022 as a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Heaney was a founding third and fourth grade teacher at Ascend Charter Schools in Brooklyn, New York.

Ms. Darragh McLaughlin

Fourth Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Rhode Island
Darragh McLaughlin joined Brooke in 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. McLaughlin is currently a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. McLaughlin was a student teacher for first, third, and fifth grade while majoring in elementary education at the University of Rhode Island. She also completed a teaching fellowship with Generation Teach.

Ms. Laura Basileo

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst, M. Ed, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ms.Basileo joined Brooke in 2023 as a fifth grade teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms.Basileo taught math, third and fifth grades in Brookline, MA.

Ms. Veronica Gentile

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.A., Boston College; M.E.T, Sposato Graduate School of Education
Veronica Gentile joined Brooke in 2017 as a 6th grade math and science teacher at the Brooke Mattapan campus. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Gentile taught 6th grade math and science for five years at Boston Prep, and worked for four years in a variety of roles at Match Charter School.

Ms. Rachel McHugh

Fifth Grade Teacher

B.S., University of Connecticut; M.A. University of Connecticut
Rachel McHugh joined Brooke in 2022 as a fifth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Emily Corbett

Fourth-Fifth Grade Science Teacher

B.A. and M.A., Clark University
Emily Corbett joined the Brooke team in 2019 as a 5th grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, she taught 7th grade math at Up Academy Boston for one year, 7th grade science at Roxbury Prep Lucy Stone for four years, and 7th grade science for two years in North Carolina through Teach for America.

Mr. Jose Vazquez-Pizana

Second-Fifth Computer Science Teacher

B.A., Boston University
Jose Enrique Vazquez-Pizana joined Brooke in 2022 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. He is now teaching elementary computer science. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Vazquez dedicated himself to aiding middle school teachers at IDEA Frontier.

Ms. Widlyne Antoine

Sixth Grade English Language Arts

B.A., Gordon College; M.A., Nova Southeastern University
Widlyne Antoine joined Brooke in 2022 as a fourth grade teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Antoine  is an entrepreneur, educator, curriculum writer, and trainer with over 22 years of educational experience.

Ms. Emily Johnson

Sixth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

A.B., Harvard College
Emily Johnson joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher for sixth grade math and science at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Johnson served as a seventh grade social studies teacher at Browne Middle School in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

Ms. Makeda Van Horne

Sixth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Makeda Van Horne joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Van Horne worked at the Henry Lord Community School as a Technology Teacher, a STEAM Teacher, and a long-term mentor with the Coaching for Change program. She is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and was featured on the Boston 12 news along with speaking at the DESE- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion conference.

Mr. Drew Calabro

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., Ohio State University; M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University
Drew Calabro joined Brooke in 2022 and is a sixth grade math and science teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Calabro worked for eight years in New Orleans and Washington D.C. as a teacher and instructional coach.

Ms. Anna James

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

Ms. Anna James joined Brooke in 2023 as a sixth grade math and science teacher at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Rediet Tefera

Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher

B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Rediet Tefera joined Brooke in July 2020 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is now serving as a sixth grade math and science teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Tefera worked as a math tutor for students in pre-K through twelfth grade.

Ms. Jennyfer Frederico

Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Salem State University; M.Ed., Boston University
Jennyfer Frederico joined Brooke in 2022, as a seventh grade English Language Arts and social studies teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Frederico taught at Phoenix Chelsea for three years as a Humanities teacher. Jen is from Dorchester and is excited to work in her community!

Ms. Polly Furth

Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Centre College
Polly Furth joined Brooke in 2017 as a 7th-grade ELA teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Furth had seven years of teaching experience at the elementary and high school level in Indonesia, Washington, D.C., and Denver, CO.

Mr. Sean McKenna

Seventh Grade English Language Arts Teacher

B.A., Bridgewater State University
Sean McKenna joined Brooke in 2017 as a fourth grade teacher in Mattapan. Mr. Mckenna is currently serving as a seventh grade ELA and history teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. McKenna taught seventh grade in Lowell, MA.

Ms. Vanessa Medor

Seventh Grade Math Teacher

B.A., Boston College; M.Ed., Boston University
Vanessa Medor joined Brooke in 2022 as a seventh grade math teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Medor taught seventh grade math in Washington, D.C. Prior to her service in D.C., she taught sixth grade math at Match Middle School and led the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at her campus.

Ms. Sam Shaffer

Seventh Grade Science Teacher

B.S., University of Texas
Sam Shaffer joined Brooke in 2023, as a seventh grade Science teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Shaffer taught middle school science in Dallas, Texas for six years. She also coached girls sports, and held roles such as content team lead, and mentor teacher.

Ms. Cassely Etienne

Eighth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

B.S., Howard University
Cassely Etienne joined Brooke in 2022 as an eighth grade ELA and social studies teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Etienne worked and volunteered with different organizations and non-profits including Breakthrough Collaborative, Boston Medical Center, and the International Youth Foundation.

Mr. David Sharkey

Eighth Grade English Language Arts Teacher

Mr. David Sharkey joined Brooke in 2023 as an Eighth Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Adrianna Rivers

Eighth Grade Math Teacher

B.A, Smith College
Adrianna Rivers joined Brooke in 2019, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She then served as a Sixth Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher for two years and is now teaching eighth grade math and computer science at Brooke Mattapan.  Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Rivers attended Smith College where she studied Environmental Science and Nursing and she is currently working towards getting her M.Ed in Education Leadership and Policy at Boston College.

Mr. Adam Dobberfuhl

Eighth Grade Science Teacher

B.S., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; M.S., Boston University
Adam Dobberfuhl joined Brooke in 2017 as a 7th grade math and science teacher at Brooke Mattapan, where he is now teaching science to both 7th and 8th grade. Before coming to Brooke, Adam had more than 10 years of science teaching and administrative experience at Boston Prep.

Ms. Robin Arora

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., University of Vermont; M.Ed., Lesley University
Robin Arora joined Brooke in 2014 as a Kindergarten Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Ms. Arora taught kindergarten for four years and is now a student support coordinator Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Arora served as a corps member at City Year Boston.

Ms. Heather Flaherty

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Georgetown University; M.Ed., Relay Graduate School of Education
Heather Flaherty joined Brooke in 2018 as a 1st Grade Teacher. Since then, she has transitioned to the role of English Language Learner Coordinator. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Flaherty served as a 2014 Teach for America Corps Member in the South Bronx, a Fulbright Teaching Scholar in Barranquilla, Colombia, and a 3rd grade teacher in Brooklyn, New York.

Ms. Samantha Guerra

THRIVE Student Support Coordinator

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.Ed., Lesley University
Samantha Guerra joined Brooke in 2018 as a lower elementary Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. Ms. Guerra is currently serving as a student support teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Guerra worked as a pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Peter Academy in South Boston. Prior to that, she worked as an MTA for Brockton Public Schools, serving classes of varying abilities in preschool and kindergarten.  

Ms. Abigail Lora

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Trinity College; M.A., Lesley University; M.A., Columbia University
Abigail Lora joined Brooke in 2016 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Lora worked as an Expressive Arts Therapist in New York City before switching careers to education. She worked as a teaching assistant in Tenafly, New Jersey, and then spent three years as a classroom teacher in the South Bronx.

Ms. Anise McCroskey-Neff

THRIVE Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Ithaca College
Anise McCroskey-Neff joined Brooke in 2020, as an In-Person Learning Proctor at Brooke Roslindale. She then moved on to become a paraprofessional in the Sub-Separate program at Brooke Roslindale. She is currently serving as a Student Support Teacher at Brooke Mattapan.  

Ms. Tairine Mendes

Student Support Teacher

B.A., Lesley University
Tairine Mendes joined Brooke in 2023, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is now a Student Support Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Mendes worked with preschool students for three years.

Ms. Sade Phipps

Student Support Teacher

B.A., Boston College
Sade Phipps joined Brooke 2019 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Roslindale. She previously taught first grade at Brooke Mattapan, where she is now a student support teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Phipps taught first grade in Dorchester at UP Academy Holland for two years with Teach for America.

Mr. Roy’al Sanyika-Hall

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Boston University
Roy'al Sanyika-Hall joined Brooke in 2019 as a Student Support Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. He is currently serving as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Sanyika-Hall was studying Political Science and Chinese at Boston University.

Ms. Eliza Shocket

Student Support Coordinator

B.A., Union College; M.A., Boston University
Eliza Shocket joined Brooke in 2022 as a Student Support Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Shocket completed a City Year, serving as a third grade teacher at the James W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain.

Ms. Aimee Nitolo

Multilingual Learner Coordinator

B.A., University Of California San Diego; M.A., San Francisco State University; Teaching Credentials, Sacramento State University
Aimee Nitolo joined Brooke in 2015 as the Multilingual Learner Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Nitolo had worked in education for 12 years including as an AmeriCorps VISTA for ReadBoston, a preschool teacher at South End Head Start, a Bilingual Liaison for Beaufort County School District in South Carolina, and a Spanish teacher in Sacramento, California.

Ms. Danielle Barnack

Physical Therapist

B.A., Boston University; PhD, Boston University
Danielle Barnack joined Brooke in 2021, as a Physical Therapist for Brooke. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Barnack was a Physical Therapist at Boston Children's Hospital as well as other charter schools in the Boston area.

Ms. Christie Canavan

THRIVE Speech and Language Pathologist

B.S., University of Vermont; M.S., Sacred Heart University
Christie Canavan joined Brooke in 2019, as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Brooke Roslindale. Before coming to Brooke, Christie worked in a pediatric private practice where she provided speech-language therapy to children in early intervention programs, schools, and clinical settings.

Ms. Kira Kennedy

Speech Language Pathologist

B.A. and M.A., Loyola University Maryland
Kira Kennedy joined Brooke in 2022 as the Speech Language Pathologist at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Kennedy attended Loyola University Maryland and worked as a speech-language pathology graduate student clinician in both school and clinical settings.

Dr. Sophia Perkins

Occupational Therapist

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst, OTD, MGH Institute of Health Professionals
Sophia Perkins joined Brooke in 2023, as a Network Occupational Therapist. Before coming to Brooke, Dr. Perkins has been passionate about school-based occupational therapy during her education and completed a clinical rotation at a local public school. 

Ms. Jessica Knight Pfaffinger

Occupational Therapist

B.S., University of New Hampshire; M.S., University of New Hampshire
Jessica Knight Pfaffinger joined Brooke in 2012 as the Network Occupational Therapist (OT). Since then she has collaborated to assist students across all grade levels access the general education curriculum. Her primary focus is teaching students how to use fine motor, visual-motor, visual processing and sensory processing strategies to increase their participation in school activities. Prior to joining Brooke, Jessica worked as an inpatient and outpatient OT at several pediatric hospitals where she played an active role on many multidisciplinary teams that supported the development, function and participation of children with various physical and cognitive disabilities.

Ms. Thalia Petridis

Building Substitute Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Boston
Thalia Petridis joined Brooke in January 2022 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Petridis attended the University of Massachusetts Boston where she majored in Early Childhood Education and taught in grades K-2. Ms. Petridis is a Brooke Charter alum.

Ms. Digna Peña Cintron

Co-Curricular Manager

B.S., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Digna Peña Cintron joined Brooke in 2015 as a Spanish teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, she has co-founded the middle school softball program. She has been Co-Curricular Department Chair and has co-taught Spanish. She is now serving as a Co-curricular manager. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Peña Cintron taught Spanish as a Teach For America Corps Member in the Mississippi Delta.

Mr. Angel Albelo

Athletic Director

B.S., Bentley University; M.Ed, University of Miami
Angel Albelo joined Brooke in 2017 as the Athletic Director and PE teacher for Brooke Mattapan. Mr. Albelo is currently serving as the Athletic Director for Brooke High School. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Albelo worked at State Street Bank as an account controller and then served in the United States Coast Guard.

Ms. Camila Alvahydo

Spanish Teacher

B.A. and M.A., University of Georgia
Camila Alvahydo joined Brooke in 2016, as 3rd-5th grade Spanish teacher at Brooke Mattapan. After a few years away, she returned to Brooke Mattapan to serve once again as a Spanish teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Alvahydo was an adjunct Spanish teacher at Simmons College and Bridgewater University. She also held a visiting teacher position at Georgia State University, an assistant teacher position at the University of South Carolina, and was a Portuguese teacher at the Middlebury College language immersion program.

Ms. Carven Bernadeau

Dance Teacher

B.S., Rhode Island College
Carven Bernadeau joined Brooke in 2021 as the dance teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Bernadeau taught four years at Charlestown High School as the dance teacher to grades 9-12, and to students with disabilities.

Ms. Tailyn Clark

Art Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Tailyn Clark joined Brooke in 2021 as an Associate Teacher, and then was a third grade teacher. She is now a visual arts teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Tailyn had 8 years of experience as a freelance photographer and news outlet photographer. She has been heavily involved in her community, participating in marches like the Million Man March and listening to speakers like Al Sharpton and Louis Farrakhan. Tailyn believes that representation matters and in being a leader for youth.

Mr. Kenny Francois

Physical Education Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kenny Francois joined Brooke in 2016, as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Since then, Mr. Francois has taught 4th grade and Physical Education at Brooke. Mr. Francois is currently serving as the Physical Education teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Francois did City Year at the Irving Middle School in Roslindale.

Mr. David Redick

Music Teacher

B.A., University of Wisconsin Madison, M.Ed., North Park University
David Redick joined Brooke in 2023 as a Founding K-8 Music Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Redick was the Electives Department Chair, Arts Liaison, and Founding Music Teacher at Muchin College Prep (Noble Network of Charter Schools) in Chicago, IL.  

Ms. Eleanor Kallay

Associate Teacher

Ms. Eleanor Kallay joined Brooke in 2023 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Nikita Martin

Associate Teacher

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst
Nikita Martin joined Brooke in 2022 as the Post-Secondary Transitions Paraprofessional. She is now an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Martin attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she obtained a B.A in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her undergraduate career, she worked in the Disability Services office, helping to promote the empowerment of people with disabilities and providing accommodation services to hundreds of students and faculty on campus.

Ms. Jennifer Noel

Associate Teacher

B.A., Florida Gulf Coast University
Jennifer Noel joined Brooke in 2023 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Noel was a substitute teacher at Boston Public Schools.

Ms. Lauren Nudi

Associate Teacher

B.A., Bates College
Lauren Nudi joined Brooke in 2023 as a 3rd-5th Grade Associate Teacher. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Nudi graduated from Bates College where she worked to coordinate mentorship programs between college students and local middle schoolers.   

Mr. Will Sutton

Associate Teacher

B.A., Harvard University
Will Sutton joined Brooke in 2023 as an Associate Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Mr. Sutton was a research assistant for Dr. Jarvis Givens, working on a book about the racial history of U.S. educational policy.

Ms. Mariela Bello

School Operations Manager

A.A., Bunker Hill Community College
Mariela Bello joined Brooke in July of 2020 as an Office Manager at Brooke Mattapan, and is now an Operations Manager. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Bello worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as Administrative Coordinator and attended Bunker Hill Community College for her degree in science.
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Ms. Desire Guzman-Peguero

Operations Coordinator

Desire joined Brooke in 2023 as a School Culture Aide at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Lizette Ortiz

Office Coordinator

Lizette Ortiz joined Brooke in 2022 as an Office Coordinator at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Ortiz was the Operations Supervisor for a Community Health Center. She is also a proud parent of two Brooke Mattapan scholars, and a Brooke High School scholar!

Mr. Chuck Peters

Facilities Manager

Tewksbury High School
Mr. Peters joined the Brooke staff in 2005 as the building manager, supporting the building’s expansion into a full middle school and then the addition of the elementary school. Prior to coming to Brooke, Mr. Peters worked at Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Brighton as its building manager and for the Wingate nursing homes.

Ms. Gisselle Alcantara

Lead Paraprofessional

B.A., Universidad Dominicana O&M
Gisselle Alcantara joined Brooke Roslindale in 2017 as a paraprofessional on the student support team, and is now serving at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Alcantara worked at Match Charter School. She also was the director of a children’s choir and had the privilege to teach kids through music.

Ms. Dianyra Grullon

Paraprofessional

B.A., Bridgewater State University
Dianyra Grullon joined Brooke in 2020 as a Proctor Teacher at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Grullon taught Spanish to students in Roslindale, tutored foreign language learners, and volunteered at Jumpstart Programs in Bridgewater, MA.
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Ms. Kyana Houston

Paraprofessional

Kyana Houston joined Brooke in 2023 as a Paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan.
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Ms. Jemini Jean-Louis

Paraprofessional

B.A., Xavier University of Louisiana
Jeamini Jean-Louis joined Brooke in 2023 as a Paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan.
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Ms. Tasha Lymon

Paraprofessional

Tasha Lymon joined Brooke in 2023 as a Paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Suleika Maldonado

Paraprofessional

B.A., University of Massachusetts Amherst; M.A., Suffolk University
Suleika Maldonado joined Brooke in November 2021, as Paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Maldonado worked at the Elizabeth Peabody House gaining administrative and enrichment educational skills.
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Ms. Christina Petridis

Paraprofessional

Christina Petridis joined Brooke in 2024 as a Paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan. Ms. Petridis is also a Brooke alum!
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Ms. Cheyris Pimentel

School Culture Aide

Cheyris Pimentel Joined Brooke In 2023, as a School Culture Aide at Brooke's Mattapan campus. Before coming to Brooke, Ms.Pimentel worked as a School Server at Conservatory Lab Charter Lower School with City Fresh.

Ms. Mimi Pimentel

School Culture Aide

Milagris (Mimi) Pimentel joined Brooke in 2021 as a School Culture Aide for Brooke Mattapan. Ms.Pimentel is currently on the operational team and one of the recess leaders at Brooke Mattapan.  Before coming to Brooke, Ms.Pimentel was working for City Fresh as a lunch server at Brooke Mattapan. Mimi is also currently studying psychology at Bunker Hill Community College.
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Ms. Alssely Pimentel Pina

School Culture Aid

Ms. Alssely Pimentel Pina joined Brooke in 2023 as a School Culture Aid at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Bianka Santana

Paraprofessional

A.A., Bay State College
Bianka Santana joined Brooke in 2022 as a paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Santana worked at a girls residential program in Arlington MA and attended Bay State College for her degree in Science Criminal Justice.
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Mr. Tomas Tonry

Paraprofessional

Tomas Tonry joined Brooke in 2024 as a Paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan. 

Ms. Lyssette Valencia

Paraprofessional

B.S., Bridgewater State University
Lyssette Valencia joined Brooke in 2021 as a Paraprofessional on the Brooke Roslindale Team, and is now serving at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Valencia was a City Year Corps Member for two years.

Ms. Jocelyn Valencia

Paraprofessional

B.S., Fitchburg State University
Jocelyn Valencia joined Brooke in 2022 as a Paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. Valencia was studying criminal justice at Fitchburg State University
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Ms. Latanya Wright

Paraprofessional

Latanya Wright joined Brooke in 2023 as a Paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan.

Ms. Shaarai De Leon

Paraprofessional

Shaarai De Leon joined Brooke in 2021 as an instructional support teacher at Brooke Mattapan. She is currently serving as a paraprofessional at Brooke Mattapan. Before coming to Brooke, Ms. De Leon worked as a transporter at Faulkner Hospital.

Ms. Dixie Ortiz

Paraprofessional

Ms. Ortiz joined the Brooke Mattapan team in 2017 as a School Culture Aide. Prior to joining our team, Ms. Ortiz was a bus monitor for BPS Transportation and a Brooke parent! Her son joined our school in 2011 when Brooke Mattapan first opened and she has been part of our community since then.

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